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Ashley Ridge needs a house. Summerville needs a home.

It’s time for us to put down permanent roots on our land in Summers Corner because Summerville needs a safe place that is FOR them. Our kids need a safe place to learn and grow. Our students need a place that will always be there for them to ask the hard questions that come with growing up. The Expanding the Table food truck needs a home base to reach even more people in Summerville. Summerville needs a place where anyone can belong, even before they believe, but it’s so much bigger than us. It’s time to build a permanent home so that generations to come will know that they have a Heavenly Father who is FOR them!

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Building Update

July 31

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           “Unity of Effort”

“Unity of Effort” is the third in the series of summer updates that focuses on  financial aspects of the building financing plan – the first two being “Exciting News” and “Summer Surge.”  If you have not read these important updates, you can do so by clicking here.

With more exciting news to report, I can now confirm we are in the midst of a summer Surge as contributions have increased significantly in the past few weeks and will likely continue through August and into September. The Building Surge Total YTD has blown past the 90K mark and currently stands at $98,458.83 just shy of six figures. This is up $12,436.83 for the month (as of July 29th).  The General Fund has received $54,360.42 MTD and has created $4,360.42 margin so far with 3 days left to go in July.

The Building Surge fund has received 142 contributions YTD with an average $693.37 per contribution as Regular Giving and Building Surge giving are now being leveraged by the sheer numbers of individuals and families participating in the fundraising effort.  This has created a “Unity of Effort” among our church family with more and more jumping on board and pulling on the rope!

“Unity of Effort” is exactly what we had been hoping for during the planning process as the large amount of capital needed to support the building project can only be accomplished with widespread congregational participation.  Thanks to all of you we are getting it done and moving the For SVL Building Project forward under the most difficult of circumstances and conditions!

“A gift opens the way
and ushers the giver into the presence of the great.”

Proverbs 18:16 | NIV

 If you would like to make a contribution to the General Fund or Building Surgeyou can do so at

                                                                        Derrick Horres, Project Leader

Building Update

July 20

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        “Summer Surge”

I think we are starting to see the beginning of a “Summer Surge” with respect to contributions to the General Fund and Building Surge!  If this turns out to be the case, it would be “fantastic” news for the For SVL Building Project, and I will tell you why:  Since all Building Surge contributions go to paying for the land first and foremost (which will take longer in the current economic climate), the funds necessary to pay critical, time sensitive land preparation expenses over the next 2-4 months will need to come from additional contributions to the General Fund.  This is only possible with your generous contributions beyond Regular Giving thereby creating margin in the Operating Account.

Using the margin in the Operating Account was always a part of the building financing plan, but there needs to be sufficient funds available to cover the actual cost of the expenses so as not to put undue pressure on the Operating Budget.  Successfully using margin in the Operating Account to pay critical, time sensitive land preparation expenses will accomplish two things:  1) allow the building process to move expeditiously forward and 2) keep the build timeline intact

The three land preparation/building expenses that will need to be paid using Operating Fund margin are as follows:

  • Parker Land Surveying, LLC    $12,200
  • Equip Studio/EquipLABS fee $18,450
  • Civil Engineering Services (TBD)

So, bottom line, we need your continued support with contributions to the General Fund and Building Surge  to move forward with the building process and keep the Operating Account healthy.  If you would like to make a contribution to the General Fund or Building Surgeyou can do so via the church website and click on Give.

                                                                                    Derrick Horres, Project Leader

Building Update

July 16

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        “Exciting News”

I have some “Exciting News”that I just couldn’t wait to share with you on our Building Surge!  We are now officially over 90K in contributions received!  This is up $5,371.25 for July 1-12th.  I can’t tell you how encouraged I am to see these kinds of numbers being generated in the midst of a pandemic and financial crisis!  Your generosity and dedication are truly amazing and inspiring!

Also, with regards to the General Fund, we are 6K over budget for the first half of 2020. Another sign the Stretch in Regular Giving is having its desired effect.  We did dip below the monthly budgeted 50K mark in contributions for June which came in at approximately 43K but overall still up for the year.  This is sooooo important for the For SVL Building Project to keep the Operating Account healthy for long term financial stability.

Thanks to all our difference makers who so generously give of their time, energy, talent and financial resources!  Thanks to you, we continue to move forward with serving the Summerville community and the building process!

If you would like to make a contribution to the General Fund or Building Surgeyou can do so via the church website and click on Give.

                                                                                    Derrick Horres, Project Leader

Building Update

July 10

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        “And, we’re off!”

In June, the Leadership Team approved funding from the Operating Account in the amount of $12,200 for Parker Land Surveying, LLC to proceed with survey work on the 10 acre building site in Summers Corner. With this very important first step, Ashley Ridge Church has entered the execution phase of the building process. The Scope of Work will include the following:

  • Topographic Survey
  • Tree Survey (12” hardwoods and 20” pines)
  • Route Survey for sewer to the north (650’)
  • Route Survey for the water along Summers Drive (1,600’)

The above when completed will provide valuable information on how much fill (dirt) will be required to bring the building site up to elevation and code.  This is important for cost analysis and budgetary reasons.

The survey work will be followed by civil engineering services for which we have already received estimates from Cypress Engineering, Seamon Whiteside and Thomas & Hutton. A decision on which company will be performing the work is expected later this summer.

The Scope of Work for the civil engineering services is broken down into the following main areas:  Schematic Design, Construction Documents, Permitting, Construction Administration and Subconsultants

Once the civil engineering is completed and permits are received, actual land preparation can begin.  Timeframe to begin is dependent upon raising the necessary funds to complete the work.

If you would like to make a contribution to the Building Surge, you can do so via the church website and click on Give.

                                                                                    Derrick Horres, Project Leader

Building Update

June 22

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      “The Dream Factory”

Pastor Jenn, Matt Halter and I had the opportunity on June 4th to meet with Trident Construction, our General Contractor (GC) for the For SVL Building Project.  We came away so impressed with the level of expertise, experience and accomplishment of this great company over its almost 40-year run.

It was clear to me that the leaders at Trident not only wanted our business of building the future home of Ashley Ridge Church, but that they were just as committed, dedicated and enthusiastic about the project as we were.  As we all sat together (socially distanced) in their spacious conference room, we discussed the building project and the first steps of getting it off the ground – another piece of the For SVL Building Project puzzle in place!

As we left, we walked by beautiful pictures of past Trident projects, which were proudly displayed on the walls.  Each project was an architectural masterpiece of beauty and design and a dream come true for some business, developer or organization. I thought to myself, one day, the new Ashley Ridge Church could be featured on that hallway wall and Trident Construction is just the company to help us make it happen.  Trident Construction is “the dream Factory” of construction projects, and our dream is now their dream too!

                                                                                    Derrick Horres, Project Leader

Building Update

June 5

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  “Forward Together”

The initial Surge & Stretch Challenge campaign dates of March 22 – May 31 have come and gone with the following results.  Drum roll please!!!  Dddrrrrrrr! Surge contributions TOTAL: $75,221.72 Thanks to your generous support!  Due to the coronavirus pandemic and financial crisis the Surge & Stretch Challenge 2020 has been extended until the end of the year but will be more focused in its efforts to attain specific results which are crucial to the For SVL Building Project.

“Forward Together” will be the start of a new Surge initiative for the summer of 2020 with the following mission:

To focus attention, communications and Surge contributions toward paying-down/paying-off the land loan secured by the 10 acre building site in Summers Corner between the dates of June 1 – August 31st.

Paying for the land is critical to the success of the For SVL Building Project and for keeping to the build timeline for the following reasons:

  • Since the construction loan will be collateralized (secured) by the land and future building, it is necessary the land be unencumbered (paid-off) prior to seeking the construction loan
  •  The land purchased in 2017 for $450,000 was recently appraised in 2019 for $550,000, therefore, once the land loan is paid-in-full, the church will have significant equity in the project and a track record of meeting and exceeding its financial obligations
  • AR is paying mortgage interest on the current loan principle and when paid down/paid-off, the savings, could be put to good use in the building project or operating account

If you would like to make a contribution to the Building Surge, you can do so via the church website and click on Give.

Derrick Horres, Project Leader

Building Update

June 1

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         “Inspiration & Urgency”

I attended the Pop-up Worship Service on May 28th located on the green just outside the entrance to Ashley Ridge High School.  It was so great to see my AR family and actually be Together in the same worship space, but was struck by the thick yellow CAUTION tape strung across the three main double door entrances to the school.  It looked surreal, and to tell you the truth, a little like a crime scene (all collateral damage from the coronavirus pandemic).

I came away inspired from the Pop-up service with a renewed “sense of urgency”for our For SVL Building Project.  Ashley Ridge Church has set in motion the plan that will lead to construction of the new facility in Summer Corner over the next two years, and recommend we proceed as expeditiously and responsibly as possible.

According to the plan, there will be a series of fundraising initiatives over the course of the next two years necessary to make the new AR building a reality.  It will not be easy, but, the reward will be so worth it when we walk into the new facility for the first time and worship Together and begin using a space that grows our ability to be FOR the Summerville community.

With “inspiration”in our quest and a renewed“sense of urgency,” let us as a congregation not hesitate to ask what we can do or continue to do in support of this amazing ministry.  If you would like to make a contribution to the Building Surge,you can do so via the church website ( and click on Give.

Derrick Horres, Project Leader

Building Update

May 25

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“Positive Developments”

First, I want to give you a positive development on our Surge & Stretch Challenge
campaign. The Surge has generated $70,018.80 in contributions to date which is
an increase of +$8,554.87 in the past two weeks. Surge contributions continue to
come in each week and we feel momentum is building in this area despite the
headwinds of the coronavirus pandemic and financial crisis. The initial Surge deadline
of May 31 st has been extended to the end of the year to allow 1) those affected
by the current crisis the opportunity to participate in the effort and 2) allow
Ashley Ridge Church the greatest opportunity to reach its Surge 2020 fundraising

We have also seen positive developments on the building front since our last
update. Pastor Jenn, James Galloway and I had an initial ZOOM conference with
Jonathan Edens, architect on May 18th. Jonathan is with the firm Equip Studio
out of Greenville, SC and has already submitted a Proposal Outline for
Architectural Services which is being reviewed by the church staff and leadership.

In another positive development, I received a call from H. Chapman (Chappy)
McKay, Vice President, Trident Construction. Trident Construction was chosen back in 2017 to be our General Contractor (GC) for the new facility. He has invited representatives from our church leadership to his office for an initial planning meeting. We do not yet have a date for the meeting but hope to in the next couple of weeks. He also has the ability to fast track planning and construction of our new facility saving several months on the timeline.

As you can see, there are many positive developments going on with the For SVL
Building Project, and it will get busier and busier the closer we get to breaking
ground on the new Ashley Ridge Church facility. But, nothing is bigger or more
important than your continuous support and generous financial gifts which makes
this all possible!

Derrick Horres, Project Leader

Building Update

May 8

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“Crunching the Numbers”

Pastor Jenn has been doing a new sermon series the past two weeks entitled IN THE MEANTIME”which has been a rallying cry for me.  I have been so expectant to get the For SVL Building Project off the ground and wanted to see and show the congregation concrete progress on the building front, and we are making steady progress.  But, never in my wildest dreams did I think we would be trying to accomplish this in the middle of a worldwide pandemic and financial crisis!

Since becoming the Project Leader late last year, I have been “crunching the numbers”i.e. numbers for building square footage, numbers for financing and interest rates, accrued interest numbers, payment amount numbers, construction budget numbers and numbers for the Surge & StretchChallenge. You name it, and I’ve crunched it!

As a retired U.S. Marine logistician, I am used to “crunching numbers.”  It’s what I do and trained for, and I am going to continue “crunching the numbers”until the new AR building is sitting on the 10 acres of land in Summers Corner!

It’s not going to be easy, and it never really was, but with the coronavirus pandemic and the financial uncertainty, it’s going to be extremely challenging to say the least, take more determination and commitment, more generosity and sacrifice than we could have ever imagined before. Pastor Jenn calls it spiritual muscle, and I figure you only get spiritual muscle by spiritual weight lifting.

They say, we will transition eventually to a “new normal” and things will get better, clearer and less uncertain.  IN THE MEANTIME, we continue to seek God’s will and wisdom and stay focused on the task at hand and modify and adjust the plan as needed.

Back to the numbers, though!  I want to give you the big picture of where we are and what we are up against.  The Surge has generated $61,463.93 in contributions to date (as of May 5th) which is remarkable considering the current economic climate.  The Stretch Challenge may add additional funds because Regular Giving has been over the 50K mark for the past three months, but it remains to be seen if this will result in a surplus at year end.

The Surge 2020 Goal of 400K is broken down into 280K for paying-off land, 100K establishing a reserve fund and 20K for architectural design fees.  This means we still need $338,536.07 in Surge contributions to accomplish all the above and keep to the project timeline.

Can it be done?  Absolutely!  I have recommended to Pastor Jenn that we extend the Surge & Stretch Challenge deadline past May 31st to allow everyone the opportunity to participate that may have been affected by the current pandemic and economic crisis.  We will have more information on this as it becomes available.

IN THE MEANTIME, we continue to seek God’s will and wisdom and stay focused on the task at hand and modify and adjust the plan as needed.

Derrick Horres, Project Leader

Building Update

April 27

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It has been a while since our last update and we wanted to share with you what’s been happening on the building front.  First, the Surge and Stretch Challenge, which is how we will be financing the For SVL Building Project (along with bank financing), is off and running.  As of April 21st, the Surge has generated $48,759.50 in contributions (with more coming in every week) while the Stretch Challenge continues to add margin to the Operating Fund.  This is all by design and is working well even through the current health and financial crisis thanks to your dedication and generous support!

The funds received from the Surge and Stretch Challenge will allow us to pay down/pay off the land loan, establish a reserve fund and pay architectural design fees and preliminary land preparation costs.  Here is the Commitment Card you can fill-out and send in online, or if you would like to just make a contribution to the Building Surge, you can do via the Ashley Ridge app or by going to and clicking on Give.

Our Building Team Civil Engineer, Matt Halter, is getting proposals from at least two local surveying companies on work which will need to be accomplished to prepare the land for construction.  We are also planning or meeting soon with our architectural firm, Equip Studio, for the redesign of the new church building as soon as funds become available.

Thank you for your continued prayers and involvement as we move forward to love and serve the Summerville community!

Derrick Horres, Project Leader

Building Update

March 21

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So much has changed in the last week and we’re all doing what we can to find our way through it and figure out how to proceed in these different circumstances. We will find our way – TOGETHER!

If you weren’t able to join us live on Thursday night for the virtual Family Meeting, you can watch it here. In the meeting, Jenn shares our plan and also the changes we’re making. One of the things you’ll hear is that we are continuing with our Building Surge, which officially kicks off tomorrow! Here is the commitment card you can fill out and send in online. We know this surge and our commitments will be different and we will likely need to extend it based on the length and realities of the present health crisis. Our heart behind all of it is to continue as a church so we can love and serve our community for the long term. We need God and we need each other!

Tomorrow morning (Sunday, March 22nd), we will be breaking our 21-day fast and gathering online for worship at 10am via We hope you will join us and also invite friends and family near and far to tune in from wherever they are. The building is closed, but Church is open!

Building Update

March 2

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Yesterday (March 1) we kicked off a 21-day fast – our first corporate fast at Ashley Ridge Church! As we prepare to make a big Surge forward in our building process, we’re asking God to clear the way. This is a significant season in the life of our church, and to help us communicate with everyone, we’re holding a series of “Family Meetings” where we’ll be sharing more details and taking lots of time for Q&A. We hope you’ll join us for one of the gatherings listed below:

Tuesday, March 10th at 6:30pm at The Ponds Farmhouse

Wednesday, March 11th at 6:30pm at the Church Office

Sunday, March 15th immediately following worship in the Library at Ashley Ridge

Ashley Ridge needs a house. Summerville needs a home.

Building Update

February 8

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In November of 2017, after a decade of talks and relationship with West Rock, we closed on 10 acres of land in the now blossoming area off of Highway 61 near 17-A. The land sits at the intersection of the first three phases of Summers Corner including the original section and the new Azalea Ridge area. We also have an option for a future purchase of an additional 10 adjacent acres to make a 20 acre parcel. Adjacent to neighborhoods like Legend Oaks, Victoria Pointe, and the The Ponds, Summers Corner now hosts the Rollings Middle School of the Arts as well as Sand Hill Elementary School and a Publix shopping center coming soon. Growth in the area is picking up speed and we are excited about the potential for our permanent home base for ministry in Summerville. In the last 90 days in the Azalea Ridge section alone over 70 homes have been sold. We have the opportunity to be an integral part of the fabric of Summerville for decades to come. Take a drive down Summers Drive sometime and look for our sign. Stay tuned for more updates!

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